As the virus evolves, so do the metrics that we monitor. We track spread across campus as well as relative positivity in the surrounding community, consult with local and state health officials, and our own Health Advisory Board. A team meets daily to evaluate data and identify trends around positivity and spread on campus, and will target the University’s responses based on specific points of outbreak. There is no single number that would result in the dramatic decision to close the campus — rather, a collection of factors would be considered. We will continue to process and adapt to relevant data and expert advice from the CDC and other sources, and, if necessary, we will pivot our strategies to meet any significantly changing conditions.
No. Due to COVID restrictions, Health Services does not take walk-ins. Students need to schedule an appointment with Health Services, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call us at 1-508-793-7467 to schedule an appointment. Friends may not accompany you into Health Services during your visit.
Clark’s mask-optional policy applies to all students. Masks are optional EXCEPT in the classroom, in the Health Services facility, and while riding the Clark Shuttle or ClarkRIDE.
If you receive a positive or inconclusive test result, you will be contacted through email and text message, if you have a valid cellphone number on record with the testing center. In both, you will be asked to complete an online form and confirm that you received the message. Emails come from Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “IMPORTANT! Action Required: Clark COVID Test Result.” Text messages come from the number 508-421-2571. If you do not respond, we will attempt to reach you by phone as quickly as possible. If you receive a notification, it is very important that you respond immediately.
Given the nature of the Omicron variant, which is highly transmissible but produces less severe symptoms than earlier strains, we’ve found that the daily tally of positives is a less valuable metric than it was with earlier strains of the virus. The dashboard will now display the number of positives at Clark from week to week, providing evidence of emerging trends. It will also compare our rate of positivity with that of other Massachusetts colleges and universities, and with the entire state.
Anyone who tests positive will be asked to complete an online form that will include information on their close contacts. Those identified as close contacts will be notified electronically.
- Rapid tests, including at-home test kits, are available for purchase over the counter at local pharmacies and online. It typically costs $20-$30 for a kit containing two tests.
- Following are the names of the most common, FDA-approved, at-home test kits:
- BinaxNow (Abbott Diagnostics)
- BD Veritor (Becton, Dickinson and Co.)
- InteliSwab (OraSure Technologies)
- SCoV-2 Ag Detect Rapid Self-Test (InBios Int’l)
- Flowflex (ACON Laboratories)
- iHealth (iHealth Labs, Inc.)
- Ellume (Ellume Limited)
- Celltrion DiaTrust (Celltrion USA)
- CareStart (Access Bio, Inc.)
- QuickVue At-Home Test (Quidel Corp.)
Testing is now optional for all students, faculty, and staff. Any member of the Clark community can be tested as frequently as they’d like at the Clark Testing Center during posted hours of operation.
Individuals who test positive are excluded from PCR testing (such as the tests performed in the Clark testing center) for 90 days following a positive result. If you test positive outside of Clark and have questions about further testing, please contact email@example.com.
Anyone in Clark’s testing regimen will receive an automated message following their most recent test, and notifications the day before and the day of the scheduled date of their next test. If the individual does not get tested on that date, they will receive an email reminder and then be notified by phone or in-person to ensure they stay in compliance. Those who fall out of compliance risk suspension of access to campus buildings.
Quarantine, Isolation, and Medical Care
Yes. Students are permitted to isolate or quarantine at home.
Quarantine for Vaccinated Individuals
- People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms, in which case, a health care provider should be contacted for guidance.
- Fully vaccinated people should get tested 5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and diligently wear a mask in all indoor spaces for 10 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
Quarantine for Unvaccinated Individuals
- Unvaccinated people should quarantine for 5 days if they have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19. This should be followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
- If a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure.
- People who are a close contact of someone who has tested positive will be contacted by Health Services Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss this process.
- Quarantining includes limiting direct contact with others. It also requires paying attention to possible symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Students placed in quarantine or isolation will be reached out to by a member of the Dean of Students office as well as a volunteer “Covid Care Caller” from the faculty or staff who will serve as the student’s point person for their isolation period. The regularity and type of contact is determined by the student, and can include daily check-in phone calls, frequent text messages, or emails. Meals are delivered to students in their rooms. Students should report any dietary restriction or allergies at the time of their move. Any health-related communication or intervention is overseen by Clark Health Services.